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Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

In a whopping 68 to 31 vote, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today for the United States Supreme Court replacing Justice David Souter who is retiring.

Justice Sotomayor makes history because she becomes the first Latina ever to serve on the nation’s highest court.

Nine Republicans broke ranks, including Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, to confirm Sotomayor.

Former presidential candidate John McCain of Arizona voted no.

Senator John Ensign of Nevada, recently making nationwide news for an extramarital scandle, voted against Sotomayor’s confirmation.

The Senate is due to recess tomorrow for a month.  Their time off is expected to be more of a working vacation as they will be facing voters at home to answer questions on health-care and the economy.